The first item on the agenda should be to kick all the plutocrats out of office. At the same time, we can get rid of the entire system of corporate lobbyists. A broad coalition outside of the main parties should be able to find a handful of people among millions of Americans who are completely untainted by corporate money and secret business connections, someone with the right personal qualities from the right sort of background. In my opinion, anyone with extensive business ties (foreign or domestic) or with ties to former Democratic or Republican administrations should be immediately stricken from any list of potential candidates for office. There are plenty of people to choose from--why pick an insider?
Government intrusion into our lives is another issue where there's broad agreement. If we can just get people to turn off the boobtube and take their red pills for a few days running, I think we can even convince the vast majority of Americans that the current "international crisis" is a complete fabrication. Within the vast assortment of ills (potential and current) afflicting mankind, terrorism doesn't even make the list. I remember reading some news report on "all" the terrible acts of terrorism that Al Qaeda (or somebody...) has recently committed throughout the Middle East, and the number, viewed objectively, was miniscule. I'm sure more people die falling off ladders on any given day. Instead of the eventual trillion spent in Iraq, we could have saved everyone much trouble and spent a billion in research funds on improved ladder technology. If we would have simply stood unfazed by terrorist plots, terrorism would be proven to be just what it is--a violent drama staged by out-of-work mercenaries. These are the people we should target--not entire societies.
I also think that we could get support for new technological projects. If we stopped spending more than the rest of the world combined on defense, we could put the money into some bold initiative to set up windmills across the central U.S. This would employ people and put the U.S. on the forefront of a technological revolution. Unlike Bush's tax-cuts for the wealthy, this use of the nation's wealth would produce something that would ensure a bright future. Our grandchildren, instead of cursing us for using up all the oil close to the surface, would be praising us for our wisdom and hard work.
The first step in all of this is to get ALL of the current crowd of corporate-backed cronies out of power. And replace them with ordinary people who don't know any Saudi princes or Texas oilmen. And who don't even know each other. I think a broad coalition could do this. A first step might be to construct a list of the types of candidates that we would all be willing to vote for. We should also facilitate the creation of a political process that doesn't rely on huge amounts of money. Perhaps we could create an internal vetting process that would put us in charge of determining whether any given candidate had any long-term chances. Such a list could have excluded both Bush and Kerry at the outset of the last election. Any ideas?